NaNoWriMo: Good-bye, so long, we tried

Bethany: Well, the end has come for the NaNoWriMo writers. It is editing time … if you have anything to edit.

As we wrote last week, Caryn and I decided that we probably weren’t going to make it to the finish line.

I gave up well before last week. Really, it started when the in-laws came in on Nov. 20. But it wasn’t until they left on Nov. 25 that I knew I could never catch up. This wasn’t because I couldn’t try to write; I was just fresh out of ideas and had no time to brainstorm with my workaholic boyfriend.

As I said last week, I am giving up my NaNoWriMo quest. This might not be a forever thing, but I prefer the reading to writing (except when it is at work.) I want to try a 24-hour readathon, and I am now helping my boyfriend get his stories, comics and artwork published. He is the creative one in the family; he stands a better chance.

What about you, Caryn?

Caryn: I gave up around Thanksgiving as well. It’s difficult to write “with literary abandon” as the NaNoWriMo website suggests when you’re interested in producing a publishable work. I found myself getting stuck on different plot points and characters, and instead of throwing all caution to the wind and writing something random, I puzzled through it, taking more time to produce a smaller word count.

As I gain inspiration, I’ll write my ideas down and try to find time to work on my novel. It’s still an item on my bucket list, after all, but I’m not going to stress about it. Maybe I’ll find it in my heart to do NaNoWriMo again sometime when I’m only working one job and don’t have other obligations.

I’m still not giving up on NaKniSweMo, and the hopes that one day I will knit a whole sweater in one month. In our busy lives, I think projects like NaNoWriMo and NaKniSweMo teach us to take time for ourselves.

So goodbye, NaNoWriMo. Our word counts were terrible, but that’s okay. The time we spent writing was time well spent.

About Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie
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